May 17, 2023

“Other Desert Cities” Play Coming to Kelsey Theatre

DARK COMEDY AT KELSEY: Susan Schwirck, on couch, and Parker Madison rehearse for the upcoming Theatre-To-Go production of “Other Desert Cities” May 26 through June 4 at Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor.  (Photo courtesy of Theatre-To-Go)

Theatre-To-Go will present the dark comedy Other Desert Cities May 26 through June 4 at Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor.

Other Desert Cities, which won a Tony Award nomination for Best New Play in 2011, takes place in Palm Springs, Calif., during a holiday gathering. When a family member reveals she is going to publish a memoir about a painful chapter in the family’s history, turmoil ensues, and political views collide revealing a dysfunctional family situation that is full of surprise and touching moments.

The New York Times hailed Other Desert Cities as the best new play on Broadway in 2011.

The cast features David Williams of Flemington and Peggy Waldron of Hamilton as Lyman and Polly, Dara Lewis of Trenton and Parker Madison of Somerset as Brooke and Trip, and Susan Schwirk of Monroe as Aunt Silda.

The show is directed and produced by Ruth Markoe of Lawrenceville. Other members of the production team include Stage Manager Rob Lasky of New Egypt, Set Designer Haley Schmalbach of Palmyra, Lighting Designer Kitty Getlik of Hamilton, Sound Designer Eric Collins of Trenton, and costumes by Ruth and Melissa Rittman of Ewing.

Performances are on May 26 and 27 at 8 p.m., May 28 at 2 p.m., June 2 and 3 at 8 p.m., and June 4 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for children, students, and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at (609) 570-3333.

Masks are recommended but not required while in the theater.